City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and South District Council Member Christopher Scanlon were joined Saturday by members of the United Irish American Association to mark St. Patrick’s Day by hosting an Irish flag-raising ceremony in Niagara Square.
“The City of Buffalo is known for its proud Irish heritage and exuberant celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, highlighted by the annual City of Buffalo St. Patrick’s Parade, as well as the Old First Ward Parade,” Brown said. “While the continuing COVID-19 pandemic has forced cancellation of those popular events, along with other large gatherings for a second year, there are still ways to safely celebrate and to patronize our city’s restaurants and bars, while following state and county COVID safety guidelines.”
Brown’s press release stated, “Many bars and restaurants in South Buffalo and across the city will feature traditional Irish fare and music throughout the week, all while strictly adhering to New York state guidelines. The Buffalo Irish Center and many of the traditional Irish dance academies are hosting virtual concerts and shows that can be enjoyed safely from the comfort of your own home.”
“Whether it’s going out for a socially distanced Guinness, ordering a corned beef dinner for takeout, or buying a ticket to a virtual concert, I urge everyone to please support our local establishments while they continue to recover from the devastating losses of the past year," Scanlon said.
John Morrison of the UIAA said, "We look forward to the return of the St. Patrick's Day Parade to Delaware Avenue Sunday, March 20, 2022. We will once again fill the streets with Irish music, floats, dancers and marchers. For 2021, public safety must come first. Thank you, Mayor Brown and Councilmember Scanlon, for the Irish flag-raising opportunity."
Brown has directed the top of City Hall be lit green Wednesday in recognition of St. Patrick’s Day.